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Pages: 1170-1178
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

TEXT MINING Q&A WEBSITES FOR SUPPORTING COURSE DESIGN AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION

A. Joorabchi, M. English, A.E. Mahdi

University of Limerick (IRELAND)
In this work we propose a novel text mining approach for assisting academic staff in their course design and curriculum development activities. The proposed approach is based on mining the textual content of technical and academic Q&A websites and online forums to find the most up-to-date and challenging topics whose inclusion in the curriculum would enhance the quality of related courses offered in higher education institutes. In specific, we have applied this method to a well-established online forum in the field of computer science, StackOverflow.com, which covers a wide range of computer programming topics, and currently contains over fifteen million questions and answers. We have automatically analysed the content of these Q&A’s to determine their topics and broad categories according to the Wikipedia serving as a crowd-sourced classification scheme. We present the results of our computer-assisted analysis in terms of the most frequently occurring subjects and topics and discuss the insight gained from the findings of our analysis.
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title = {TEXT MINING Q&A WEBSITES FOR SUPPORTING COURSE DESIGN AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION},
series = {9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
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A. Joorabchi, M. English, A.E. Mahdi (2015) TEXT MINING Q&A WEBSITES FOR SUPPORTING COURSE DESIGN AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 1170-1178.
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